TORONTO - TORONTO -- A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly terrorizing an east-end teacher and his family.
Toronto Police allege the teen is among a group of belligerent youths who have made life a living hell over the last year for the family on Friendship Ave.
“The accused was taken into custody yesterday,” Const. Tony Vella said Thursday.
He said the teen is only charged with threatening property damage at this point.
“But we’ll continue to investigate until we determine those who are responsible for the damage that has been done at this home,” Vella said.
Mike Greer told his story to QMI Agency earlier this week, saying he was at his wit’s end after more than a year of vandalism and threats from teens in his neighbourhood.
The vandalism escalated from eggings to slashed tires, and last weekend a Molotov cocktail was tossed onto one of his cars.
Unruly teenagers have been terrorizing a Toronto family for over a year. Attempts to reason with the youth have only escalated the problem. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GREER
Since then, Greer has been sleeping in his vehicle in an effort to protect his wife and their two young kids, Xander, 5, and Tyra, 3.
He had no idea when he moved his family into the community two years ago that the elementary school next door was party central for area youth.
Greer says his problems arose last summer when he “politely” asked some teens at West Rouge Public School to smoke their pot somewhere else because the smoke was wafting into his kids’ bedrooms.
His request was met with defiance and profanities.
Last fall, soon after he reported to police that teenagers were breaking into a school bus in the parking lot at West Rouge, vandals began targeting his home.
He says the teens have also been threatening him with taunts such as “We’ll get you, we know where you live.”
“It’s alleged the accused (teen) was with other people in a car, either a red or black Pontiac G5, and he threatened to damage the victim’s property,” Vella said, explaining the incident allegedly occurred around 8 p.m. on July 2.
The teen has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in a Scarborough courtroom Aug. 30.
“We’re encouraging anyone who knows anything about the incidents at this home to come forward,” Vella said.